India Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid insists U.S., India relations will be fine

By Kyle Johnson,

While talking with reporters in Delhi, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said that any issues between the U.S. and India will be sorted out and the two countries ultimately still retain a strong relationship.

According to BBC News, Khurshid said there was "no stand-off" and "If there are any issues" the two countries will "sort them out mutually."

The recent problems stem from the arrest of India's diplomat Devyani Khobragade over allegations of visa fraud and paying her housekeeper less than the U.S. minimum wage. She was arrested in late December and outrage from India was heard after it was reported she had been strip-searched and thrown into a cell with others.

Despite this insistence that the two countries will be fine in their relations, India's Foreign Minister Khurshid did say that the "mini crisis" between the two countries could have been avoided, reports Reuters.

India wouldn't be upset with the U.S. if the country had just informed them of the impending arrest of their diplomat and had given them a chance to fly her home instead of being arrested. Unfortunately, Khurshid said no warning was given while talking with CNN-IBN. "It wasn't even mentioned."

Though the Indian diplomat claims the relationship between India and the U.S. remains steadfast, he did note, "there's a lot more still to do" between the two countries, but didn't elaborate.

image: Wikimedia Commons

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